Indiana city renames Good Friday and Columbus Day because of 'cultural insensitivity'

The city of Bloomington in Indiana has renamed Good Friday and Columbus Day in a bid to become more inclusive as it has deemed the names of the two holidays to be culturally insensitive.

(Reuters/Henry Romero)Inmate Daniel Vasquez, 23, performs a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, next to inmates dressed as Roman soldiers in Mexico City's Reclusorio Santa Martha Acatitla prison, Mexico. March 25, 2016.

On Friday, Bloomington city mayor John Hamilton sent a memo to the city employees announcing the renaming of Good Friday to "Fall Holiday" and of Columbus Day to "Spring Holiday." The mayor explained that the more politically correct names aim to make the two holidays more inclusive, the Bloomington Herald-Times relays.

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"We are terrifically proud of our diverse workforce at the city. That diversity makes us stronger and more representative of the public we proudly serve," said Hamilton in his memo to Bloomington's city employees. "These updated names for two days of well-merited time off is another way we can demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity."

Columbus Day is a federal holiday on Oct. 12 in which all city employees are given paid time off. The said holiday, which commemorates the arrival of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in America, has earned flak from liberals who say the incident had led to the oppression of Native Americans.

Bloomington is known as an overwhelmingly liberal city. In the recent election, the country gave Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton 58.6 percent of its total votes.

In 1977, a movement was launched to replace Columbus Day with a holiday celebrating North America's indigenous people. At present, there are a few states that either give the holiday another title or do not celebrate it at all, BBC notes.

While Good Friday is not a federal holiday, many Christians observe it as the day of Jesus Christ's crucifixion.

Meanwhile, the renaming of Good Friday and Columbus Day has sparked backlash from netizens who condemn the move as an act of political correctness. One social media user questioned how Good Friday, the day that Jesus died, became insensitive. Another also predicted that Christmas will next be renamed to "Winter Holiday."

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